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The Team

The present and future of the Democratic Party of Arkansas

For our full leadership team or to apply for an Executive Committee position,

please email

Executive President Micah Wallace

Micah Wallace is a University of Arkansas Young Democrat that served as Gravette HS YD President, Third District Director and UAYD President - most notably during the Fayetteville Beto O'Rourke rally - before serving as Vice-President. 

Email Micah.

Elected Leadership

Vice President of Colleges Sara Ledesma

Sara Ledesma has been a leader in YDAR at the Arkansas State University chapter, doing outreach on their Executive team. Sara is enthusiastic to bring in new recruits to our college caucus in her role as Vice President of Colleges. 

If you're a college student, email Sara.

Vice-President of Young Professionals Olivia Rizzardi

Olivia Rizzardi is our Central Arkansas Young Professional doing the absolute most to bring in new folks under 36 years old. She's had some practice - as District Director, Women's Caucus Chair, Women's Caucus Vice Chair, and as a leader at ASUYD.

If you're a Young Professional, email Olivia.

National Committeeman Kadarius Knapper

A University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Young Democrat, Kadarius Knapper, is passionate about connecting YDAR with the resources of YDA. As a delegate to the National Convention, Kadarius is our representative to the Young Democrats of America.

For YDA concerns, email Kadarius. 

National Committeewoman Zoe Harper

Proud Young Democrat Zoe Harper will be leaving the University of Arkansas campus, where she hails, to represent the Arkansas Young Democrats at the YDA Convention in August.

For YDA concerns, email Zoe.

First District Director Dean MacDonald

If you've been to a gathering in Northeast Arkansas recently, you've likely seen Greene County Tech Young Democrat Dean MacDonald collecting signatures or recruiting young people into the political process. 

To organize the first district, email Dean.

Second District Director Madeleine Amox

Bryant High School Young Democrats President, Second District Director, and our high-school liasion - Madeleine Amox is working hard at Saline County Democrats events and community festivals to spread the word about YDAR.

To organize the second district, email Madeleine.

Third District Director Billy Cook

Billy Cook serves as Washington County Democrats Vice Chair and Third District Director, fresh off of his gig as President of the University of Arkansas Young Democrats.

To organize the third district, email Billy.

Third District Director Lanie Wyles

Lanie Wyles is a Clarksville High School Young Democrat that found her way to college at Arkansas Tech University, serving on leadership at our college chapter there and on our Women's Caucus, all while being Third District Director.

To organize the third district, email Lanie.

Fourth District Director Sunni Shelton

Sunni Shelton is a former White Hall HS YD turned District Director who specializes in friendly conversations with potential Young Democrats and advocating for her fellow YDs. 

To organize the fourth district, email Sunni.

Appointed Staff

Chief-of-Staff Owen Haynes

Owen Haynes served as the founder and President of the White Hall High School Young Democrats, Vice-President of High Schools, and now serves as UA Little Rock Young Democrat as our Chief-of-Staff, holding YDAR together through task delegation and conversation.

Email Owen to schedule YDAR or ask a question.

Communications Director Rachel Morrow

Rachel Morrow served as the President of the Bryant High School Young Democrats chapter in high school before traveling away to college at Stanford. She has returned now, and we are thankful she serves as our Communications Director.

Email Rachel with communications concerns.

Finance Director Alexandra Paulsen

Alexandra Paulsen is a data wizard serving to help raise the funds we need to flip Arkansas blue. Formerly a Third District Director and a Stonewall Caucus Vice-Chair, Alexandra serves now as our Finance Director, keeping the bills paid and our organization in compliance

Email Alexandra to donate money.

Development Director June Borst

June Borst has served as an organizer for Presidential campaigns and for state Democratic parties. Fortunately, they bring their skills to leading our Development team as a part of the Central AR YP. They plan YDAR events and coordinate a team of Development professionals to reach our goals.

Email June for event information.

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